The Shorians Varsity basketball team has wrapped up their 16-17 season with a record of 20W-4L. After amazing gameplay carried this team to a District Championship, they were eliminated from the Regional semifinals by the Troy Colts.
The combatants met at Troy Athens High School in the gymnasium with upper-level seating. Fans filled the lower level and left very little space upstairs on March 13th. The first two quarters go by quickly: the few fouls drawn by Shorians were shot well enough to close the gap to 20-28 with Troy leading. During the intermission, University of Michigan basketball players Derrick Walton Jr., Zak Irvin, and DJ Wilson made an appearance to watch the young talent at work. The trio took multiple pictures with the audience and were all smiles throughout the night.
After the fans visit the concession stands and indulge in some Benito’s Pizza, players from both teams returned to the court with confidence. Shorians were showing good ball movement and created shot opportunities, but what they did exceptionally was draw fouls – maybe a little too well. Just three and a half minutes into the 3rd period and the Troy Colts had committed 7 fouls including a technical foul from Will Johansson. Ricky Dixon, senior, took a majority of the free throws in this game, but sadly it wasn’t enough to get the lead on the Colts. With the score 31-32 Colts lead, a timeout is soon called and the Troy athletes got their heads in the game. After that technical foul, the Colts went on a 31-4 run and brought the team to a victory. Curtis Jackson, senior, made a vicious dunk off a fastbreak to keep the student section on their feet, but everyone knew what was coming.
Despite the end of a finals run, the Shorian Varsity team’s 16-17 season was an accomplishment. They gave Lake Shore the title of District Champions for the first time since 1994. With only four losses all year, the senior team can rest easy knowing they gave the game their best and it paid off.